Frozen Pipe

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It will probably seem to you that your whole plumbing system is working just fine and the chances of a problem are not very high. There is always a chance of a pipe burst in the home, especially in the winter. Water can and will freeze during the winter, and in an uninsulated pipe can expand, with the result of a rupture of an otherwise normal working pipe. A pipe that has frozen is always a real annoyance and happens at the most innopertune times. However the result can be a lot more serious than a break in the water supply, but by using the preventive actions, you will not really have to worry about thawing out your frozen pipes, or repairing a pipe that splits when it freezes solid. Walworth Plumbers are qualified plumbers that can work on all appliances. Copper pipework rather than lead is the more likely to experience a split, as lead can stretch to allow for expansion inside, and will take a few times to split. If you have lead pipes fitted that fail, arrange to replace the old lead with copper pipework as soon as you have contained any leak. Another reason for leaks in plumbing is a mechanical failure because of material deterioration or a joint has failed and is no longer completely waterproof. A Walworth Plumber is qualified to work on all plumbing jobs. Any repair on pipework should really be permanent whenever possible. However, you may have to live with a temporary repair. If you have a split, try and drain the pipe initially, unless it has frozen, in which case make the repair before it thaws out. Binding a leaking pipe is a good option for a temporary repair. Do this by using a piece of rubber hose to cover the leak, cut a slit and slip it over the pipe. With the hose on, use a couple of jubilee clips to tighten and compress. Another alternative is to use self-amalgamating tape that is made for binding damaged pipes.

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